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==The Animorphs eBooks - Tidy Edition==

Post by kgray » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:14 pm

==The Animorphs eBooks - Tidy Edition==

Founding Members: kgray, mustangcoltsfan (aka crosenbauer2112), and Amauril
Current Members: The Whole Animorphs Community

Mission Statement: To provide the Animorphs community with a faithful copy of the books in epub standard to ensure the books can be read digitally just as they would be physically.
Special thanks: Ms. Applegate and her husband for creating the series, as well as all of her ghostwriters and artists. Scholastic for publishing the series. Alloran24, born2darkness, and sera for their proofreading efforts. And last but not least, everyone who originally created the ebooks, including dace k, dameg, and many others. This project would have been nothing without all of these people. On another note, Richard of RAF is now hosting our epubs as well. This project has gone further than we ever thought it would.

As always if you would like to contribute edits or corrections feel free to post them in this thread or PM them to me. A running list of edits may be found in the second post.

The Full Collection
Includes every book and is always kept up to date with edits.
Animorphs Collection

Main Series
Animorphs #01 - The Invasion
Animorphs #02 - The Visitor
Animorphs #03 - The Encounter
Animorphs #04 - The Message
Animorphs #05 - The Predator
Animorphs #06 - The Capture
Animorphs #07 - The Stranger
Animorphs #08 - The Alien
Animorphs #09 - The Secret
Animorphs #10 - The Android
Animorphs #11 - The Forgotten
Animorphs #12 - The Reaction
Animorphs #13 - The Change
Animorphs #14 - The Unknown
Animorphs #15 - The Escape
Animorphs #16 - The Warning
Animorphs #17 - The Underground
Animorphs #18 - The Decision
Animorphs #19 - The Departure
Animorphs #20 - The Discovery
Animorphs #21 - The Threat
Animorphs #22 - The Solution
Animorphs #23 - The Pretender
Animorphs #24 - The Suspicion
Animorphs #25 - The Extreme
Animorphs #26 - The Attack
Animorphs #27 - The Exposed
Animorphs #28 - The Experiment
Animorphs #29 - The Sickness
Animorphs #30 - The Reunion
Animorphs #31 - The Conspiracy
Animorphs #32 - The Separation
Animorphs #33 - The Illusion
Animorphs #34 - The Prophecy
Animorphs #35 - The Proposal
Animorphs #36 - The Mutation
Animorphs #37 - The Weakness
Animorphs #38 - The Arrival
Animorphs #39 - The Hidden
Animorphs #40 - The Other
Animorphs #41 - The Familiar
Animorphs #42 - The Journey
Animorphs #43 - The Test
Animorphs #44 - The Unexpected
Animorphs #44 - The Revelation
Animorphs #46 - The Deception
Animorphs #47 - The Resistance
Animorphs #48 - The Return
Animorphs #49 - The Diversion
Animorphs #50 - The Ultimate
Animorphs #51 - The Absolute
Animorphs #52 - The Sacrifice
Animorphs #53 - The Answer
Animorphs #54 - The Beginning

Megamorphs
Megamorphs #1 - The Andalite's Gift
Megamorphs #2 - In the Time of Dinosaurs
Megamorphs #3 - Elfangor's Secret
Megamorphs #4 - Back to Before

Chronicles
The Andalite Chronicles
The Hork-Bajir Chronicles
Visser
The Ellimist Chronicles

Alternamorphs
Alternamorphs #1 - The First Journey
Alternamorphs #2 - The Next Passage

Reading Order
I would suggest publication order if you are new to the series or are rereading it. Chronological order is good for those returning to the series that already know the story.
Chronological Reading Order
Publication Reading Order
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Tidy Edition eBooks Changelog

Post by kgray » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:15 pm

This post is a log of edits that have been made to the series after the posting of the final set.

The list is in format "date corrected (mm-dd-yy) - book(s) - contributor"

04-07-13 - The Invasion - alloran24
04-08-13 - The Visitor - alloran24
04-09-13 - The Prophecy - sera
04-11-13 - The Encounter - alloran24
04-15-13 - The Message - alloran24
04-17-13 - The Predator - alloran24
04-18-13 - The Capture - alloran24
04-23-13 - The Stranger - alloran24
04-28-13 - Megamorphs #1 - alloran24
05-01-13 - The Alien - alloran24
05-12-13 - The Secret, The Android - alloran24
05-20-13 - The Forgotten, The Reaction - alloran24
06-07-13 - The Andalite Chronicles, The Change, The Unknown, The Escape - alloran24
06-18-13 - The Stranger, The Android, The Forgotten, The Change, The Andalite Chronicles - born2darkness
06-28-13 - The Unknown, The Escape, The Underground, The Decision, The Departure, Megamorphs #2 - born2darkness
06-28-13 - The Warning - alloran24
07-02-13 - The Discovery, The Threat, The Solution, The Pretender, The Suspicion, The Extreme - born2darkness
07-02-13 - The Attack, The Exposed, The Experiment, The Sickness, The Hork-Bajir Chronicles - born2darkness
07-09-13 - The Departure - alloran24
09-14-13 - The Threat, The Solution, The Hork-Bajir Chronicles - alloran24
10-09-13 - The Suspicion - alloran24
12-28-13 - The Experiment - alloran24
01-30-14 - The Sickness - alloran24
02-04-14 - The Reunion - alloran24
02-12-14 - The Arrival - Huzzak
03-19-14 - Megamorphs #3 - alloran24
04-06-14 - The Conspiracy, The Separation - alloran24
07-02-14 - The Illusion, The Prophecy - alloran24
08-07-14 - The Proposal, Visser - alloran24
09-07-14 - The Mutation - alloran24
10-17-14 - The Weakness - alloran24
11-08-14 - The Arrival - alloran24
11-19-14 - The Hidden - alloran24
02-24-15 - The Other - alloran24
02-25-15 - Megamorphs #4 - alloran24
04-11-15 - The Familiar - alloran24
04-30-15 - The Journey - alloran24
05-19-15 - The Test - alloran24
07-21-15 - The Unexpected - alloran24
08-20-15 - The Revelation, The Deception - alloran24
09-11-15 - The Resistance - alloran24
12-04-15 - The Ellimist Chronicles - alloran24
12-30-15 - The Return - alloran24
01-18-16 - The Diversion - alloran24
03-18-16 - The Ultimate, and The Absolute - alloran24
05-11-16 - The Sacrifice - alloran24
05-19-16 - The Answer - alloran24
05-21-16 - The Beginning - alloran24
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Re: ==The Animorphs EBook Tidy Up Project==

Post by kgray » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:15 pm

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Re: ==The Animorphs EBook Tidy Up Project==

Post by Amauril » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:17 pm

So excited! (Also, ninja reserve and a bump for new content!)

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Re: ==The Animorphs EBook Tidy Up Project==

Post by kgray » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:50 am

The next set of books have been posted. Enjoy.

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Re: ==The Animorphs EBook Tidy Up Project==

Post by capnnerefir » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:25 am

Very nice work. It's always good to see cleaner copies of these wonderful stories. Keep it up.

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Re: ==The Animorphs EBook Tidy Up Project==

Post by kgray » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:45 am

Major update has been posted. 35/64 books are now done. As always please report any errors or inconsistencies you happen to come across.

Enjoy!

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Re: ==The Animorphs EBook Tidy Up Project==

Post by kgray » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:01 am

Next update has been posted. 56/64 books are now done. The remaining books should be complete by the end of the week.

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Re: ==The Animorphs EBook Tidy Up Project==

Post by kgray » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:55 am

The last set of books have been posted.

I would like to take some time to detail what has been done to get these files to the point where they are at. First a thanks to the original scanners and proofers for the PDF versions for serving as the basis of this project and making it possible. Second a special thanks to White Rabbit and alloran24 for their contributions in converting PDFs to mobi/epub files and the editing that went into that conversion. Finally a huge thanks to my fellow editors mustangcoltsfan and Amauril for doing the pre-editing for a large number of the books and helping to perfect the formatting.

On to the editing specifics, all files have went through a two stage editing process to make them self consistent and as true to the physical books as possible. Source files were first gathered from the best available version: White Rabbit's mobi files, Amauril epub files, alloran24's epub files and mustangcoltsfan's rtf conversions of the remaining pdf files including an excellent job in handling the two column ones. Once the source files were gathered they were imported into Calibre, had the necessary metadata added, and were uniformly converted to epub. Each epub file was then opened in Sigil where the file structure was changed to a uniform style. This included adding proper chapter breaks, putting each chapter into a separate html file, adding/updating cover artwork, and adding a title page complete with table of contents. Once the files were in order the CSS file was replaced with a modified one that is consistent across all books, and the html for all files was then updated to match then new CSS as well as being made to be consistent. Once the underlying code was in order the content editing began, for each book I went paragraph by paragraph adding proper breaks, italics, text style (i.e. the Ellimist's omnipotent voice, or the Helmacron's small text, etc.), fixing typos and missing text (at least three books were missing two pages that I assume were lost in the initial scan), and generally making the epub match the physical book. Once this was complete for each book I ran a final consistency check for individual errors that were missed and generally fixing everything that could be found via a find/replace command (which thanks to regex is quite a bit). That concluded the first pass of editing and took from mid February until earlier this week (April 4th to be exact) this involved editing between 1 and 5 books a day according to the above process. After the first pass a second editing pass was done mostly to optimise the CSS and html and to improve compatibility with various e-readers, a process which took two days. The result are the files in the first post which I believe to be the best version of the series available in ebook form anywhere online.

So where do we stand at this point? Well like any project of this magnitude there is a small error rate inherent in the undertaking and while I believe this rate to be very low there is no way that I was able to catch every error in one read through. Specifically I didn't pay special attention to commas choosing instead to focus on the overall look and proper sentences and paragraphs. Additionally early in the project the decision was made to do away with so called "smart" punctuation as a result there are no smart/curly quotes/apostrophes (“ ” ‘ ’) and all em dashes (—) have been replaced with en dashes (-). To me this is a minor quibble but I know that some people feel very strongly about such things. The fix to all of the above is a full re-read looking for such issues perhaps prefaced by utilizing the "polish" option in calibre (or similar program) to smarten punctuation. I may undertake this myself in a few months but I of course welcome the community to organise something if they want it done faster.

As always if anyone is reading the epubs and finds an error, no matter how small or inconsequential, I would love to hear about it so that it can be corrected for the next person to download the file either via a post in this thread or a PM.

It's been a wonderful experience for me returning to this series and I hope that these allow fans of the series to re-experience the books digitally as they have physically, and allow a new generation easier access and a truer experience than has been available so far without access to the physical books.

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Re: ==The Animorphs EBook Tidy Up Project==

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